Following my previous question division-between-interpersonal-and-god-related-mitzvot (please read the background):

Does Yom Kippur alone atone for the transgression of (not) honoring one's parents as if it was God-related Mitzvah and no parents' forgiveness would be required?

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    Mar 11, 2021 at 18:59
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    It sounds like this question is asking whether Kibud Av Va'eim is considered an interpersonal Mitzvah or a Mitzvah between man and G-d (which would affect what sort of Teshuvah one would need to do). If that is what you're asking, please clarify that in your post. And from what I seem to recall, it's a debate as to what the Mitzvah of Kibud Av is classified as. Mar 11, 2021 at 19:41
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According to conservative rabbi, Benjamin Sendrow, the commandment to “Honor your father and your mother” is the number one commandment, the most important commandment of Judaism in the “Ten Commandments”, commonly known as the Decalogue. He writes that evidence of this is that this commandment helps fight against narcissism.

Rabbi Sendrow explains that to “Honor your father and your mother” [is] the most important of the Ten Commandments." In fact, the essay he wrote was about this commandment and Yom Kippur. A curious read will show that the sin can be atoned on Yom Kippur, in his view.[1]

[1] Read full essay here


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